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Community members complained that they were being locked out of City Council meetings. Photo
courtesy of Ella Baker Center.

Judge Orders Schaaf and Staff to Stop Denying Access to Public Meetings

An Alameda County judge has issued a temporary restraining order requiring the Oakland City Council to reopen public access to the second-floor galleries overlooking the council chambers.
Councilmember Noel Gallo, who has been organizing safety walks along International Boulevard to deter
crime and prostitution, was able to secure funding in the new budget to create a shelter for sexually exploited girls. But, he says the money is still inadequate. Photo
courtesy of East Bay Citizen.

City’s Passes $2.4 Billion Budget, Leaving Some Residents Angry and Dissatisfied

The Oakland City Council this week passed a two-year $2.4 billion budget based on a local economy that is rebounding from years of recession. With input from councilmembers and the community, Mayor Libby Schaaf and [...]
Dontre Hamilton. (Photo: AP Photo/Family photo courtesy of Dameion Perkins)

OP-ED: Police Must Stop Killing Mentally Ill Citizens

By Gwen Moore     The life of a man with schizophrenia, 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton, ended after he was struck by 14 bullets from a Milwaukee police officer’s handgun on April 30, 2014. The lethal [...]
San Quentin State Prison, located in Marin County, is California's only prison for men on death row. Photo courtesy of San Quentin News.

Lawsuits Challenge Solitary Confinement in State Prisons as “Inhumane and Degrading” The “solitary confinement regime…will bring you to the edge of madness,” says Justice Kennedy

Oakland attorney Dan Siegel has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners held indefinitely in solitary confinement at San Quentin State Prison’s Adjustment Center, demanding an end to what they consider to be [...]
Rebecca Kaplan

OP-ED: Why I Support Brooks’ Race & Equity Proposal

The City of Oakland has many reasons to be a leader on racial justice and social equity. In order to ensure that Oakland makes improvements that are lasting and comprehensive for its diverse populations, we [...]
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Brooks’ Victory for Oakland’s New Department of Race and Equity Community support for historic measure garnered council’s unanimous vote

After months of debate, the City Council unanimously voted this week to create a Department of Race and Equity to address systemic racism and inequality in the City of Oakland.
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Councilmembers Reluctantly Pass Stop Gap WIB Budget They say they want to revisit the budget by Sept. 30

City Councilmembers this week reluctantly approved a new Oakland Workforce Investment Board (WIB) budget for 2015-2017 that will make drastic cuts in jobs and job training programs for youth and unemployed adults.
Oakland City Hall

City Council Set to Approve New Budget

As the Oakland City Council prepares to vote on the city budget for the next two years, Council President Lynette Gibson McElhaney and Mayor Libby Schaaf are saying they are in basic agreement on spending [...]
Affordable housing complex in Oakland.

OP-ED: We Must Build Pathways Out of Poverty

By Congresswoman Barbara Lee   An article in the recent Post Newspaper, “Oakland is Losing Its Racial, Age and Economic Diversity,” highlights the growing crisis of income inequality in our communities and our country.